Max Burgess missed in Western United’s first outing

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The lingering effects of the Max Burgess saga was evident in Western United’s season opening draw with Adelaide United.

In a team that has spent big on striking power, the lack of a creative midfielder was apparent in attack during their round one fixture.

Western United coach Mark Rudan found “two points lost” rather than a point gained.

The lack of Burgess quality was what they really missed.

While United are staying tight-lipped on all contract talks, Burgess is set to re-join the team again.

“He’s got to come back and earn his stripes” said Rudan.

Rudan has found the whole situation disappointing due to his close relationship with Burgess, who he plucked from the National Premier Leagues during his time as coach of Wellington Phoenix.

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They then reconnected at Western United, however contract discussions leading up to the 2020/21 season got messy. Burgess is contracted to play for United but has been reportedly seeking a move elsewhere.

Rudan says he “moves on quickly” and will allow Burgess to get back in the side.

And that’s something that will be beneficial for both parties.

He is happy to have a player of his talent back on the side. In their round one clash with Adelaide, a player of Burgess’ quality would have been excellent for United in exposing the likes of Michael Jakobsen and Jordan Elsey.

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Playing in his position for the Adelaide fixture was 23-year-old Lachlan Wales, who lacked quality in the final third. The addition of Burgess to the starting lineup will provide Western United with a more significant goal-scoring threat.

Burgess’s return will be crucial for Western United, who hope to finish better than fifth place in their inaugural season last year.

 

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